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Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

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Dear Mark: Osteoporosis, Body Fat Gain on Caloric Deficit, and Stalling on Primal

April 27, 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, we've got a three-parter. First, I try to help out Karson, a guy who's trying to convince his osteoporotic, sun-starved mother to try a few lifestyle interventions th...

Dear Mark: Constantly Falling Off the Primal Wagon, Frozen Produce, and A Few More Carbs

July 28, 2014 - For today's Dear Mark, I answer three questions from readers. First, I give some advice to a reader with a knack for doing a week or two strict Primal and then falling promptly off the wagon into a pi...

Flank Steak and Mango Slaw with Scallion Garlic Oil

July 05, 2014 - Sweet and spicy. Filling and refreshing. Veggies and meat. This flank steak and mango slaw with scallion oil has it all. While there’s a lot to like about grilled flank steak tossed with crispy ...

Whole Roasted Fish with Clams and Spicy Scallion Relish

December 21, 2013 - A whole fish is an impressive entrée, especially this one roasted with clams and red peppers and topped with spicy scallion relish. It’s a fresh, vibrant meal that’s gorgeous to look at and has s...

Ginger and Lemongrass Meatballs with Braised Scallions

July 20, 2013 - Ginger and lemongrass meatballs are so moist and uber flavorful that they don’t need any sauce. This blend of lamb and pork boldly seasoned with ginger, lemongrass, garlic, basil and cilantro will k...

Who You Callin’ Stupid and Lazy?

August 14, 2009 - A number of readers have sent me links (thanks, readers) to a new study coming out of the UK that raised some eyebrows all across the Internet earlier this week. The headlines seemed to scream from ev...

Calling All 30-Day Primal Health Challenge Participants!

July 31, 2008 - Yesterday marked the end of the 30-Day Primal Health Challenge. Don't fret! You don't have to fall back in to your old ways. Take a moment to reflect on all that you accomplished (weight lost, resolve...

Cancer Rates Are Falling. Let’s Keep It That Way.

October 15, 2007 - October is the month for breast cancer awareness, and there's been some encouraging news. Although the month began with some critics arguing that the pink ribbon campaign has created a false sense of ...

10 Great Alli Leaks, Oops, Links

July 03, 2007 - So we're beating a dead llama here, but it's just flabbergasting that the newest weight-loss gimmick, alli, has made it so far. Maybe I'm just grumpy today. This pill is a) all but ineffective, b) dan...

The Good, the Bad and the Metallic

April 30, 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites: There's a country where obesity is highly desirable. Mineral cosmetics may be worse for you than the regular cosmetics. And we're all abuzz over the latest mold. (You'll s...

Dear Mark: Osteoporosis, Body Fat Gain on Caloric Deficit, and Stalling on Primal

April 27, 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, we've got a three-parter. First, I try to help out Karson, a guy who's trying to convince his osteoporotic, sun-starved mother to try a few lifestyle interventions th...

Dear Mark: Constantly Falling Off the Primal Wagon, Frozen Produce, and A Few More Carbs

July 28, 2014 - For today's Dear Mark, I answer three questions from readers. First, I give some advice to a reader with a knack for doing a week or two strict Primal and then falling promptly off the wagon into a pi...

Who You Callin’ Stupid and Lazy?

August 14, 2009 - A number of readers have sent me links (thanks, readers) to a new study coming out of the UK that raised some eyebrows all across the Internet earlier this week. The headlines seemed to scream from ev...

The Good, the Bad and the Metallic

April 30, 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites: There's a country where obesity is highly desirable. Mineral cosmetics may be worse for you than the regular cosmetics. And we're all abuzz over the latest mold. (You'll s...

So You Want to Take Alli?

February 09, 2007 - The oily spotting continues. Healthbolt has the money quote on new diet drug Alli: "You can also bet your bottom dollar that GSK will be running ads of fabulous looking people living skinny-happy liv...

8 Tips for Cooking Vegetables

September 12, 2017 - This spring when I asked what nutrition topics folks would be interested in reading about on the blog, the subject of vegetables came up repeatedly. Specifically, several readers wanted more ideas for...

Dear Mark: Really High HDL, More Heart Disease; Low-Salt For Grandpa?

September 11, 2017 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering two questions from readers. They were excellent this week. The first one comes from Sarah, who's a bit puzzled by the recent paper in which people with ...

Is Keto Bad for the Thyroid?

August 23, 2017 - Keto is fantastic, everyone says. It's a great way to lose weight, improve cognition, and stave off degenerative disease. It may help your performance in the gym and on the track. It could even give G...

Adaptogens: Maca Root, Sea Buckthorn Oil, and Schisandra

August 15, 2017 - I've covered a number of adaptogens over the past few months including American and Asian ginseng, ashwagandha, astragalus, and holy basil—and for good reason. They offer an effective means to comba...

Need to Know Factors for Bone Health

July 12, 2017 - At the heart of every building is its framework. That latticework of timber, concrete or steel is what holds the entire structure up. Without it, there’d be no building at all. I think of that phras...

CrossFit Training: How Going Primal Will Enhance Recovery

August 10, 2017 - Exercise is a major stressor. But it's a major acute stressor, rather than a chronic one. It hits us, then it's over, and we recover. When the next session rolls around, we're better/faster/stronger/...

Need to Know Factors for Bone Health

July 12, 2017 - At the heart of every building is its framework. That latticework of timber, concrete or steel is what holds the entire structure up. Without it, there’d be no building at all. I think of that phras...

10 Tips to Boost Your Serotonin

May 24, 2017 - Serotonin is a major regulator of mood and depression risk. These are important, vital roles, to be sure. Your mood describes how you experience and interpret the world. If it's consistently bad, you'...

The Secret to Athletic Longevity

March 07, 2017 - Today's guest post is written by Tim DiFrancesco, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Los Angeles Lakers and owner of TD Athlete's Edge. Tim is a longtime friend of the Pr...

Dear Mark: Steak Satiety vs Ground Beef Satiety; Maca and Cacao During Fasts; Nut Butters, and Post-work Workouts

February 06, 2017 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering four questions from readers. First, why might a pound of ground beef induce less satiation than a pound of steak? Second, can you take maca root and cac...

The Importance of Balance—and 15 Ways to Enhance and Preserve It

December 14, 2016 - Everything in the world is conspiring to make you fall over. The ground can be slippery, slick, and studded with protrusions. The earth can move under your feet. The discarded banana peel is an ever p...

Should You Wear a Fitness Tracker?

August 23, 2016 - For a nation of supposedly obese, lazy, and sedentary layabouts, American consumers sure are interested in tracking their daily activity levels. In 2015, they bought 13.4 million dedicated activity tr...

Dear Mark: Muscle Cramps and Parasympathetic Overtraining

July 25, 2016 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering two questions from readers. First one comes from Debbie, a prolific hiker and backpacker who can't seem to shake terrible thigh muscle cramps during ste...

Dear Mark: Cycling Harder Than Running, High-Fat Football Training, and Orange Theory

May 23, 2016 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three questions about training. First, why might cycling feel harder than running at the same heart rate, and what should be done about it? Second, is i...

10 Interesting Predictors of Longevity

March 16, 2016 - This isn't a Homeric epic. There are no oracles laying out our destiny and predicting our inevitable demise. But even if we can't know the precise date of our death, we can use certain biomarkers, me...

ACEs and Primal Health

June 08, 2017 - It’s fair to say that I gravitate towards tangible, actionable subject matter when it comes to improving my own and others’ health. Things like nutrition, fitness, sleep, hormonal responses, and s...

5 Unconventional Ways to Extend Your Life

April 26, 2017 - I've written about extending your life by slowing down the apparent passage of time. I've written about some interesting predictors—but not necessarily causes—of longevity, and the common characte...

6 Reasons Why Mistakes Are Important for Success

October 06, 2016 - Ask a hundred people you meet this week what instances spurred their biggest growth in life (any dimension of it) and I’ll wager most of those stories will fall under the umbrella of “mistakes.”...

4 Surprising Ways Other People Affect Your Health

September 22, 2016 - Jean-Paul Sartre in one of his famous plays said, “Hell is—other people.” I think most of us might sympathize with that claim depending on the day and the person we're dealing with. On the flip ...

10 Primal-Friendly Tips from Wise People Throughout History

August 31, 2016 - I'm not the first one to talk about the importance of sleep, the primacy of gut health, the impact food has on your well-being, how we divorce ourselves from nature at our peril, and why everyone nee...

Should You Wear a Fitness Tracker?

August 23, 2016 - For a nation of supposedly obese, lazy, and sedentary layabouts, American consumers sure are interested in tracking their daily activity levels. In 2015, they bought 13.4 million dedicated activity tr...

Primal Performance: How to Stay Cool Under Pressure

August 11, 2016 - Think for a minute about how many times you felt pressure today—pressure to do something you were nervous to do, pressure to perform in the moment, pressure to make the right choice, pressure to tak...

Why Fear May Be Blocking Your Primal Path (and How to Overcome It)

June 30, 2016 - Getting healthy. It’s an admirable, enviable endeavor, you think. In fact, it’s what you’ve wanted, maybe desperately, for a long time. And then you came across Primal. You’ve been convinced f...

How Defining Moderation Can Help You Reach Your Health Goals

June 16, 2016 - We’ve heard it a million times: “Eat a well-balanced diet with everything in moderation.” After all these decades of clear failure, it’s a hazy cliché still delivered by physicians, dietitian...

6 Reasons to Look Forward to Growing Old

May 19, 2016 - As someone in his early sixties, I feel like I’m sometimes asked to be a spokesman for those in the “older” generations who are adamant (or even defiant) about staying smack in the center of lif...

Cancer Rates Are Falling. Let’s Keep It That Way.

October 15, 2007 - October is the month for breast cancer awareness, and there's been some encouraging news. Although the month began with some critics arguing that the pink ribbon campaign has created a false sense of ...

The Good, the Bad and the Metallic

April 30, 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites: There's a country where obesity is highly desirable. Mineral cosmetics may be worse for you than the regular cosmetics. And we're all abuzz over the latest mold. (You'll s...

Hair Loss: Looking beyond Genetics

July 04, 2017 - Conventional wisdom teaches us to accept our fate when it comes to hair loss. “Runs in the family,” we’re often told—and sometimes it does (but that’s usually not the full story). “It’s ...

Dear Mark: HDL, Probiotics for Acne, and Artificial Sweeteneners and Weight Gain

July 03, 2017 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three questions. First, is HDL all it's cracked up to be? Is HDL always good? Is it the savior? Or is the story a bit more complicated? Next, what are s...

10 Tips to Boost Your Serotonin

May 24, 2017 - Serotonin is a major regulator of mood and depression risk. These are important, vital roles, to be sure. Your mood describes how you experience and interpret the world. If it's consistently bad, you'...

10 Actions for an Anti-Stress Protocol

May 09, 2017 - It almost goes without saying: Stress is at an all-time high. Not the kind of major traumatic stress we see elsewhere, sure. At least in the Western world, there aren't any horrific sectarian conflict...

5 Unconventional Ways to Extend Your Life

April 26, 2017 - I've written about extending your life by slowing down the apparent passage of time. I've written about some interesting predictors—but not necessarily causes—of longevity, and the common characte...

8 Primal Things to Appreciate about the Winter Season

December 20, 2016 - Winter has come. That means different things to people based on their climate, but I’m of the opinion that winter is relative. You'd be right that the "cold" I face isn't as objectively dangerous o...

Dear Mark: Does Cupping Work?; Do I Need More Protein?

August 22, 2016 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering a couple questions from readers. The first one concerns cupping, the controversial therapy used by dozens of Olympians, including most notably Michael P...

10 Ways to Treat Burnout (and How to Avoid It Altogether)

May 11, 2016 - This year it was all over the headlines that what we typically call "burnout" just might be depression. Beyond the vagueness such wording introduced (another way to push anti-depressants?), the actual...

Flank Steak and Mango Slaw with Scallion Garlic Oil

July 05, 2014 - Sweet and spicy. Filling and refreshing. Veggies and meat. This flank steak and mango slaw with scallion oil has it all. While there’s a lot to like about grilled flank steak tossed with crispy ...

Whole Roasted Fish with Clams and Spicy Scallion Relish

December 21, 2013 - A whole fish is an impressive entrée, especially this one roasted with clams and red peppers and topped with spicy scallion relish. It’s a fresh, vibrant meal that’s gorgeous to look at and has s...

Ginger and Lemongrass Meatballs with Braised Scallions

July 20, 2013 - Ginger and lemongrass meatballs are so moist and uber flavorful that they don’t need any sauce. This blend of lamb and pork boldly seasoned with ginger, lemongrass, garlic, basil and cilantro will k...

Primal Keto Bread

July 08, 2017 - A slice of warm buttered bread can be hard to resist. When that slice is Primal keto bread, you don’t have to resist. Primal keto bread makes delicious toast and sandwiches a real possibility, wheth...

Steak and Avocado Salad with Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo Dressing

July 01, 2017 - Set a platter of this steak and avocado salad on the table and watch it disappear. Whether it’s a family dinner, a dinner party, a potluck, or a weekend BBQ, this is a go-to summer recipe that will ...

Wonton Soup

February 25, 2017 - This Primal recipe for wonton soup will save you time and unnecessary carbs. Just skip the wonton wrappers—it’s as simple as that. Instead, roll the ground pork filling into tiny meatballs and dro...

Korean Tacos

December 03, 2016 - Korean tacos are a culinary twist that’s been around for a while now, using a tortilla as the delivery system for the bold flavors of Korean cuisine. This Primal recipe for Korean tacos is intensely...

Primal Korean Bibimbap

June 04, 2016 - Bibimbap, a dish made up of white rice mixed with vegetables, meat, egg and a fermented condiment or two, is Korean comfort food. A quick Primal change (switching out white rice for cauliflower rice a...

One Sheet-Pan Roasted Salmon and Red Cabbage

May 07, 2016 - There’s nothing better than a meal that leaves you only one pan to wash. In this recipe, red cabbage and scallions are roasted on the same pan as salmon (or other fish of your choice). It’s a simp...

Kimchi Pancakes

February 20, 2016 - Kimchi is great as a side dish, but it’s also really delicious as a main ingredient. Take kimchi soup, for example. Or, these savory egg pancakes laced with kimchi, scallions and garlic, and served ...

From MS Diagnosis To TEDx Speaker Miracle

September 15, 2017 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mar...

Success Story Follow-Up: Each Modification Has Built on What I Had Established

July 28, 2017 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mar...

Finally Getting Lean and Feeling Excellent!

April 21, 2017 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mar...

When You Reprogram Your Genes to Become a Fat-burning Beast, Life Can Be Good!

February 17, 2017 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mar...

From Kicking and Screaming to Loving Life

January 27, 2017 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mar...

This Lifestyle Taught Me That Life Can Be So Much Better!

December 02, 2016 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mar...

My Life Was Changed by MDA, and Now I Want to Help Others Create Better Health!

November 18, 2016 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mar...

How I Recovered from Hypothyroidism and Became My Own Best Advocate

August 26, 2016 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. This week's featured success story was penned by Elle Russ, host of the Primal ...

Primal Power Couple Loses Over 300 Pounds

June 03, 2016 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Ma...

How Primal (Literally) Saved My Life

February 19, 2016 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Ma...

Dear Mark: Osteoporosis, Body Fat Gain on Caloric Deficit, and Stalling on Primal

April 27, 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, we've got a three-parter. First, I try to help out Karson, a guy who's trying to convince his osteoporotic, sun-starved mother to try a few lifestyle interventions th...

Dear Mark: Constantly Falling Off the Primal Wagon, Frozen Produce, and A Few More Carbs

July 28, 2014 - For today's Dear Mark, I answer three questions from readers. First, I give some advice to a reader with a knack for doing a week or two strict Primal and then falling promptly off the wagon into a pi...

10 Great Alli Leaks, Oops, Links

July 03, 2007 - So we're beating a dead llama here, but it's just flabbergasting that the newest weight-loss gimmick, alli, has made it so far. Maybe I'm just grumpy today. This pill is a) all but ineffective, b) dan...

So You Want to Take Alli?

February 09, 2007 - The oily spotting continues. Healthbolt has the money quote on new diet drug Alli: "You can also bet your bottom dollar that GSK will be running ads of fabulous looking people living skinny-happy liv...

4 Surprising Ways Other People Affect Your Health

September 22, 2016 - Jean-Paul Sartre in one of his famous plays said, “Hell is—other people.” I think most of us might sympathize with that claim depending on the day and the person we're dealing with. On the flip ...

How Defining Moderation Can Help You Reach Your Health Goals

June 16, 2016 - We’ve heard it a million times: “Eat a well-balanced diet with everything in moderation.” After all these decades of clear failure, it’s a hazy cliché still delivered by physicians, dietitian...

10 Common Primal Mistakes You Might Be Making

April 27, 2016 - Most of us go Primal to solve problems created by Conventional Wisdom. The importance of whole grains and daily cardio, the dangers of dietary fat and animal protein, the primacy of carbohydrates for ...

10 Interesting Predictors of Longevity

March 16, 2016 - This isn't a Homeric epic. There are no oracles laying out our destiny and predicting our inevitable demise. But even if we can't know the precise date of our death, we can use certain biomarkers, me...

Can Exposure to Non-Primal Foods Actually Help?

March 15, 2016 - Are we shortchanging ourselves by complete elimination of potentially allergenic or sensitizing foods like wheat, peanuts, or dairy? Do we become even more sensitive to "bad" foods by avoiding them e...

Dear Mark: Moonlight and Melatonin, Exercise Non-Responders, and Is Weight Loss Impossible and Unhealthy?

April 06, 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, we've got three questions and three answers. First, the full moon sure is pretty and big and bright at night, but can it produce (or reflect, rather) enough light to ...

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